A few years ago I admitted to myself that I write heroes that in all likelihood I might not marry if I met them in real life. Part of that has to do with the selectivity of fiction— in my books I can change them by the end of the book in ways that real life probably would not. The truth is that my fictional heroes are always “to die for” handsome, buff, and often also rich and brilliant, but in real life I have rarely met such a man who was not also so spoiled he could not entirely be fixed. (Your experiences may be different, of course. If so, Congratulations!)
The hero of my forthcoming book, The Conquest of Lady Cassandra (coming Feb. 26, and available for pre-sale now), is an exception. Oh, Lord Ambury is to die for and even somewhat arrogant, but he possesses a charm that makes him very amiable, and he does not wear his conceit on his sleeve. He is also more flexible in thinking and living than the typical lord of his day. In real life I would have a different problem with Ambury— I might wonder why he was being so smooth and friendly, and I would be looking for an ulterior motive. Cassandra certainly reacts that way, especially since there are good reasons why Ambury should not like her much at all. As it happens, her instincts about his motivations are dead on.
Are there differences between your preference in romance novel heroes and real life heroes? Or are they pretty much the same for both? Do you like to read about men who have certain qualities that, if you are honest, you might not want to live with in a relationship? Do you value some things more in life than you make a priority when you are reading about these guys?
I know that I do. My real life hero, with whom I have lived the majority of my life now, has a lot in common with my fictional ones, but he also has a sensitivity toward me that affects everything, even his sense of humor, and that is at the top of my list for real life hero qualities.
So, what are the top two things you want in a fictional hero? In a real life one?
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